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Cobra Kai Guy

By Anon_Buster on September 5, 2020 5:48 pm

Last week, well From Friday night into Saturday afternoon, I watched two seasons of Cobra Kai on Netflix. I'm not proud of what I did--for shame--but I was inspired to work on guitar work in a different light. This weeks' track is inspired by Hawk, who is a wimp turned bada$$ without remorse for his selfish and damaging actions. I made a brief theme song inspired by his character.

Everything is a first take, but luckily it is simple guitar work, so I'm not tooooooo cringed out by the results. Guitars are hard panned L and R, with the Right channel being an exact copy of the original track with a 0.02ms delay, polarity flip, and minor processing to remove the weird reverb/delay sound created by cheating with a direct copy of the recording. So I cheated by not doubletracking. Bah. Whatevs.


Mixing acoustic drums was a pain and a half. I enjoy Trivium's music, so looked up their producer. Josh Wilbur is the one who came up first, so I looked into him, and luckily he has a Toontrack's series where he shows you how he mixes Trivium and Lamb of God using Superior Drummer. Taking some of his lessons, I tried to apply it to this track. I can't get the drums loud enough and mix clear/full like the LoG and Trivium albums, but this was my best shot at getting close. (Using a transient enhancer, then a tape saturator to tame the transients was a huge help in leveling the kick and snare. Weird technique from Wilbur, but it make sense in practice).

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September 7, 2020 1:39 am

Sweep the leg, Johnny!

Nice work man. I think the drums (and guitar) sound great smile

September 7, 2020 1:56 am

Fun 80's vibes. Cool stuff.

September 7, 2020 2:03 am

Yeah, this has just the right tone for bad-a$$ attitude. Love the riff, and the guitars sound great.

September 7, 2020 5:00 am

That riff is very cool! It has a good groove, it has attitude, it roams the streets at night and is gonna beat you up and steal your boots if you stare at it. Great tone as well! Nice crunch and body, not too much. That was cool!

The drums is fine, doing the job!

September 7, 2020 5:18 pm

Tough music for tough guys. Well done.

September 7, 2020 8:33 pm

An awesome theme song and while I haven't watched Cobra Kai, it does fit that 80's Karate Kid feel.  Great guitar work.

September 8, 2020 2:23 am
Mission Crossing wrote:

Sweep the leg, Johnny!

Nice work man. I think the drums (and guitar) sound great smile

Thanks. The kick didn't have the bass punch I was looking for. I can't figure out why. When I tried to boost the bass, the volume increased but the mix sounded the same. I have to find out how to get the kick to thump without making the bass too quiet.


djippy wrote:

Fun 80's vibes. Cool stuff.


Thanks. Cobra Kai had some really cool old skool riffs. The ending theme song really got me thinking about drums and guitar, so I decided to finally make a rock track.


hent03 wrote:

Yeah, this has just the right tone for bad-a$$ attitude. Love the riff, and the guitars sound great.


Thanks! The guitar part that I fudged sounds awful in mono. The guitar part clone is apparent, because I can hear the delayed effect like its full volume reverb. I'll have to put effort into the next track. It's so hard when I actually have to develop, learn, and then play the part. Why can't I midi the notes in like everything else?! :'(

September 8, 2020 2:28 am
Kedbreak136 wrote:

That riff is very cool! It has a good groove, it has attitude, it roams the streets at night and is gonna beat you up and steal your boots if you stare at it. Great tone as well! Nice crunch and body, not too much. That was cool!

The drums is fine, doing the job!


Hahah. I'm not sure I want to be around someone who wants to steal boots. Unless they're for style and not work. Hmmm.
I really like the sounds I can get for my guitars. I keep looking back to hear my presets from 5 years ago, 3 years ago, 2 years, and just at the beginning of this year and I see a big difference. One day, I might look back and not be horrified by the awful sounds I was creating.


Devieus wrote:

Tough music for tough guys. Well done.


Tuff and buff and sometimes ruff.


CosmicCairns wrote:

An awesome theme song and while I haven't watched Cobra Kai, it does fit that 80's Karate Kid feel.  Great guitar work.

Thanks. The soundtrack is so good. I haven't been excited by music over the past couple of years, but hearing that soundtrack alongside a series that reminded me of being a kid got me excited to make something. And I stareted listening to rock music again, something I hadn't spent too much time doing regularly. SO I pulled out Lamb of God and Trivium, as any self-respecting metal enthusiast would do.

September 26, 2020 2:53 pm

Nice I haven't seen the recent show but this gave me a nice montage moment of the Kai Blondie h'yahing everything in the old movies.  This could easily be used in some sports highlight show or intro smile  Nice work!

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